Acidophilus and beneficial bacteria help to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. For general maintenance a 1.5 billion complex is sufficient, but when you health is suffering a 3.5 billion bacteria per capsule product will be more beneficial. However, if you are recovering from a course of antibiotics or have a very run-down immune system then it is worth taking a month's course of mega strength pro-otic with around 25 billion CFU.
Digestive enzymes can help to reduce symptoms of flatulence, abdominal pain and bloating.
L-Glutamine is used to help support the lining of the digestive tract and useful in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) and ulcers.
Slippery Elm foods, are mixture of slippery elm bark flour with other herbs, nutrients and skimmed or soya milk powders. These make soothing but nutritious dietary supplements for those with sensitive digestion and poor appetite. Slippery Elm powder can also be bought on its own to make your own shakes and gruel or taken as Slippery Elm capsules.
If you do need to increase fibre in your diet this is a great and easy way to do it. A teaspoon of psyllium husks taken with a (full) glass of water helps to relieve helps relieve constipation and diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome and other intestinal problems. It is found in some pharmacy products such as Metamucil but we recommend it in its pure state without colouring, flavouring, etc. in its natural state. Always drink it with a full glass of water.
Aloe Vera is great for the whole digestive system. Studies have shown that it reduces candida, toxic amines, improves the balance of friendly bacteria and increases digestion and absorption of dietary proteins in the stomach and small intestine. We know that it can soothe inflammation in the bowel but it has also been found to improve stool density and speed up bowel transit time, without signs of diarrhoea or looseness. The result is probably due to improved muscle tone in the bowel, and not a laxative effect.
Raw, virgin, coconut oil also has an action against candida in the digestive tract because of the natural caprylic acid it contains. A spoonful a day, keeps the doctor away - to coin a phrase!
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Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used as a digestif or tea to settle the digestion after meals for centuries.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) was traditionally used in 'gripe waters' to soothe colic and flatulence in children.
Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) bark powder releases a mucilage that soothes, coats and protects the walls of the intestinal tract.
Psyllium husks (Plantago ovata) act as a gentle dietary fibre. Remember to follow psyllium with a full glass of water.